There’s a reason why people have garages. Nobody likes cranking wrenches in freezing weather. We recommend servicing your two-stage snow blower in the late spring or early fall before the cold weather numbs your knuckles.
Your two-stage snow thrower will last much longer if you perform three simple maintenance maneuvers:
Step 1: Change the Oil
Not all oil is created equal. Two-stage snowblowers use 4-cycle or 4-stroke engine oil. Don’t use 2-cycle, 2-stroke or any oil meant for mixing with gasoline. Two-cycle engine oil is used with older single-stage models instead.
Also, because snow blowers operate in below-freezing temperatures, you should use 4-stroke engine oil specially formulated for cold weather use. Otherwise, the oil can turn to sludge, preventing your snow blower from starting.
If you used your snow blower a lot last season, replace the spark plug too. We even offer maintenance kits that provide the compatible oil, spark plugs and more in one simple kit.
The kits vary depending on your engine type. If you have an OHV engine, get an OHV kit. If you have an L-Head engine, get an L-Head kit.
Step 3: Rust Prevention
You want your snow blower to last for years to come, and your engine isn't the only part that needs attention. Melting snow is notorious for rusting scratched steel.
Use a wire brush or sandpaper to remove as much rust as possible, so the paint will stick. Apply a thin coat of rust-proof paint and let dry. Repeat a few more times, and your snowblower will be protected all season long.